Why 3D grid visualization?

By Filip Prochazka (CEO)
3D sphere

Human brain is used to understand the world in 3D. We can easily recognize faces, trees, structures and their dynamic changes. Abstract and mostly 2D graphs or statistics are not native for our vision, we have to be educated and trained to understand them. So, why shouldn’t we display low voltage grid behaviour in 3D if we want to understand it better and quicker?

Grid behaviour includes many different factors:

  • grid topology consists from grid segments forming a tree or a mesh,
  • every segment has its length, material and health status,
  • consumed and produced energy is measured at each consumption point,
  • consumption points are single-phase or 3-phase, their phase connection to substation phases can be rotated,
  • voltage on each phase can be measured at a single consumption point,
  • consumption points have reserved power input,
  • consumption points have installed various appliances that are interesting in the means of grid stability perspective – electrical heating, air conditioning, EV charging, hot water boilers etc.,
  • a consumption point can have its own energy sources like solar panels, cogeneration units or even its own battery storage and energy control systems,
  • grid behaviour is influenced by weather conditions – temperature, solar radiation, wind, seasonal changes like holidays, working days and weekends.

Do you need to understand all these factors in the smart grid era when diagnosing grid problems or planning grid improvements? We believe so.

Is it possible to visualise grid behaviour in single, easily understable scene showing all these factors? We believe so.

It’s not just our belief, it’s Visual Grid Analytics.